Chants against Balotelli continue

Juventus fans have continued to attack Mario Balotelli during the club’s Italian Cup semi-final loss against Lazio.


Lazio beat Juventus 2-1 to reach their first Coppa Italia final since 2004 with a 4-2 aggregate victory.

A stunning strike from on-loan Argentina forward Mauro Zarate and a deflected effort from Serbian full-back Aleksandar Kolarov put Lazio in the driving seat before Alessandro Del Piero\’s late goal.

But the game was marred by renewed racist chanting against Inter Milan’s striker Mario Balotelli who is of Ghanaian background.

The chanting began during a game against Inter Milan last weekend when the teenager played keep ball while his side was leading 1-0.

Juve’s Portuguese midfielder, Tiago, retaliated by kicking Balotelli in frustration and was sent off.

Juve had been ordered to play it’s Serie A match at Turnin’s Stadio Olimpico behind closed doors after a section of it’s fans racially taunted Balotelli during a game last weekend.

Renewed chanting against Balotelli took place halfway through the first half, prompting the stadium announcer to ask the fans to desist.

Then announcement was met with jeers.

Before the game began, some Juve fans chanted \’Balotelli\’s a son of a bitch\’.

But other fans made it clear they were not racist with a banner that showed support for other black players.

It read: (Edgar) Davids, (Clarence) Seedorf, (Momo) Sissoko: true champions, true idols.

Lazio will now meet either Inter or Sampdoria in next month\’s final.

The pair meet at the San Siro on Thursday with Sampdoria holding a 3-0 first leg lead.